Philippians 3:14: “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

Some of us get stuck in the past. The apostle Paul wrote in his letter to the Philippians that he forgets what lies behind. He does not stake his confidence on his reputation – he was a man of influence in his day and age – but finds the only thing that stands the test of time is his faith in Christ.

Faith in Christ defines us much more than our accomplishments. We sometimes think that our gifts and talents represent who we are. “I am an artist.” “I am a parent.” “I am a landscaper.” “I am a teacher.” “I am a stock broker.” However, if our confidence is rooted in what we do, then all we need is failure to knock the wind out of our sails. We are indeed on a short leash if we need success and approval to feel confident. What if nobody sees our work? What if we never win a medal? Does this turn us into Mr. and Mrs. Nobody?

Faith in Christ is no human accomplishment; it is a gift from God. I know that I could not believe if it wasn’t for God opening my eyes. And we would not be here today if it wasn’t for Jesus and His precious gift to humanity. He came to earth to save the world, and He finished what He was set out to do. We on the other hand complete His mission when we believe in Him.

All of us have a calling: to be in heaven with Christ. The Spirit of God is at work everywhere in the world calling people’s attention. He is knocking on the door of our heart – and the door is ours to open.

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